Over a thousand different weight loss supplements and vitamins have been on the market over the years – even strange things like tapeworms were weight loss supplements. But, every single one, well, you don't see them anymore. Why?
It's not because they don't work… many times they work very well to help people lose weight.
But, the dangers and side effects just couldn't be ignored.
There is no easy solution to weight loss. It takes time and it does take effort. It takes a good diet and getting the right vitamins and nutrients into your system.
You see, what happens when your body does not get enough nutrients is that it desires more food. You need to get those nutrients some way. So, you crave more and more food, and often stuff that only makes you feel good temporarily, like candies and pastries.
When you switch over to good, healthy foods packed with vitamins and minerals, you get more out of your food and desire less food overall.
That's the real secret of losing weight.
Vitamins & Supplements – Not gimmicks
What do you do when you see all these supplements and nootropics offered online that supposedly help you get more mental clarity and more energy? Isn't that what you naturally want?
Again, a lot of these work and work well. It's the side effects that get to people. Things that accelerate your metabolism to lose weight are not sustainable. Eventually, they're going to mess with your hormones and energy system to where there will be a breakdown.
This is one of the things that happens with caffeine, one of the most common weight loss supplement additives. A person will need more and more of it just to get the same rush, but eventually, that rush takes its toll on the thyroid. Caffeine can suppress thyroid hormone production after a time.
Going in a more natural direction with herbs and vitamins, you don't have the same harsh effects. But, be careful you are getting high-quality supplements. Once an herb or vitamin is refined down and concentrated, the natural buffering action is lost and it's no better than any of the others.
Which Vitamins Will Work Best For Weight Loss
Some nutrients your body goes through fast and you need to replace them often. Getting enough of these through your diet can be challenging. What's more, some of these vitamins get burned up quickly during exercise. Let's take a look.
This is the top vitamin you want for immune protection, energy production, and just about any other process that happens in your body. Most people just don't get enough.
The RDA for vitamin C is absurdly low, only enough to prevent true deficiency (scurvy). Most doctors recommend getting 300 to 500 mg per day, where some naturopaths will recommend 2,000 to 4,000 mg per day. Fortunately, it seems like the body does very well on high amounts of vitamin C. Long-term supplementation and even short-term exceptionally high doses are tolerated well by the body.
You can get vitamin C from your food, nearly all fruits and vegetables have it. Also, choose a good supplement. What you want to do is spread out your intake throughout the day. Your body can only absorb so much at once, usually somewhere in the 250 mg per hour area.
This potent second antioxidant helps with keeping your body stable and free-flowing. Vitamin E is used in many processes throughout the body, particularly to help preserve fat integrity, balance our hormones and cholesterol, and keep our cells healthy.
Most fruits and vegetables have lots of vitamin E, as do fatty or fish and grass-fed and naturally raised meats. Avocados and sardines are two of the top foods to eat.
Most women are slightly deficient in magnesium. With magnesium being part of over 300 processes in the body, not having enough magnesium shows up in several ways. Depression, low energy, low sex drive, irritability, aches and pains, and lower immune function are beginning signs of low magnesium. Even migraines might be associated with low-level magnesium deficiency.
Anything green has lots of magnesium in it. Spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard, and lettuces all have a good amount of magnesium. But, if you're exercising often and looking to lose weight, we recommend a supplement. That way, you know you're getting enough magnesium. And like with vitamin C, we recommend small doses more often to get as much as you can. Just be careful taking too much at once, as magnesium can act as a laxative.
This vitamin is one of the most important ones for helping your muscles be strong and getting nutrients into your body. One of calcium's primary roles is to move nutrients from your digestive system into your blood. The other secondary role is part of muscle contraction. It helps coordinate your muscles to work together. And don't forget how important it is to your bones.
Calcium is in dairy, that is true, but you can get just as much, if not more, from green leafy vegetables. Broccoli and parsley are two vegetables rich in calcium.
The final nutrient here is zinc. This is primarily an immune-boosting vitamin because it works so well to help your immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. But, it's also essential to your detoxification system, helping to flush out toxins. You need to flush out your system to get rid of the junk that builds up in the fat.
How To Take Vitamins The Right Way To Speed Weight Loss
As part of a good weight loss system, you should eat plenty of protein and vegetables throughout your day. This will give you plenty of vitamins, particularly the antioxidants and phytonutrients that help keep your body healthy. If you're also taking supplements, take smaller doses more often to get the most out of your supplements.
As your body recognizes it has enough nutrition, it's going to reduce your desire for food. Taking in less while putting out more is a great way to speed up your weight loss.